Radical Islam is not the only source of terrorism and it is incorrect to equate Islam and radical Islam, according to Bulgarian Prosecutor-General Sotir Tsatsarov – who also rejected suggestions that Bulgaria was free of radical Islam.
Tsatsarov was speaking on July 20 during a discussion held in the parliamentary building on “radical Islam – a threat to the security of Bulgaria”. The discussion was organised by the nationalist Patriotic Front coalition.
The Prosecutor-General said that it was not true to say that there were no grounds or potential for growth of radical Islam in Bulgaria, going on to refer to two court cases in recent years in the town of Pazardzhik, where groups of Muslims have gone in trial in connection with allegedly seeking the violent overthrow of Bulgaria’s constitutional order and its replacement by an Islamic theocracy.
Tsatsarov referred to proposed amendments to the Penal Code, of which the National Assembly has approved the first reading, that provide for the preaching of radical Islam to be equated in law with the preaching of fascism..
He pointed out the problem that the draft law lacked a clear definition of what was meant by “radical Islam”.